Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan
COVID-19 impact on engagement activities
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person activities will be limited for the foreseeable future. In order to safely reach the largest number of LGBTQ2 people in Canada, we conducted a national survey and plan to host virtual engagement activities.
Current status: Open
On November 27, 2020, as a first step towards the first-ever Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan, Minister Bardish Chagger announced the launch of the public engagement process. Various engagement activities are underway and will help the Government of Canada better understand the daily realities and experiences of LGBTQ2 people in Canada in areas such as employment, healthcare, housing and homelessness, and safety.
The online survey, which was the first engagement activity, closed on February 28, 2021.
Thank you for your participation – more than 25,000 LGBTQ2 people living in Canada responded to the survey.
The survey was open to anyone in Canada aged 16 or older who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, intersex, queer and/or Two-Spirit, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ2 community, but use different terms or concepts to refer to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.
Visit the LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey Findings page for insights into the survey’s findings.
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The Government of Canada recognizes the historic and ongoing roles that LGBTQ2 civil society organizations play in advocating for the rights of Two-Spirit and LGBTQ people, and in building safer and more resilient communities through various grassroots initiatives. This is why we are committed to hearing from LGBTQ2 civil society organizations throughout the engagement process to build the first federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan.
As part of this commitment, the LGBTQ2 Secretariat called on civil society organizations to submit written submissions from April 13, 2021 to May 31, 2021, through an online submission form. The form provided opportunities for organizations to share their views on policies and programs that could be improved, and suggest new measures that could be undertaken as part of the Action Plan.
You can find an overview of the online submission questions in the submission guide.
Thank you for your time in completing a written submission.
Virtual roundtable discussions
Roundtable discussions with diverse LGBTQ2 communities, including Two-Spirit, Black, racialized, people with disabilities, Transgender and non-binary communities will be held in spring 2021. Roundtables will also be conducted on priority policy issues for LGBTQ2 communities, as identified in the survey.
What is the LGBTQ2 Action Plan?
3 years ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a historic apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians, and since then, the Government of Canada has taken meaningful steps towards building a safer and consciously more inclusive country.
We know that while some progress has been made, LGBTQ2 communities in Canada continue to face long-standing barriers to full freedom and equality in society.
This is why Minister Chagger’s mandate letter includes the establishment of the first-ever Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan.
What we hear from you from the survey or the engagement sessions will help us develop the LGBTQ2 Action Plan. It will guide the Government’s work to improve the social, health, and economic outcomes of diverse LGBTQ2 communities throughout Canada.
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